As the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Mukhya Mantri Sukh- Aashray Yojna (MMSAY) have been notified by the Social Justice and Empowerment Department, Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has directed to ensure the availability of forms pertaining to the scheme in the offices of Child Development Project Officers (CDPO) at Sub Divisional offices and those of District Programme Officers’ by end of this month.
The SOP formulated for implementing the MMSAY entrusts the responsibility to the officers of the line departments to prepare the lists of the beneficiaries and get them approved by the Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district.
“The forms for availing the benefits under MMSAY will be available in the CDPOs offices and I urge everyone to get the orphans in their vicinity enrolled so that they were not deprived of the benefits offered under the Scheme”, said the Chief Minister. MMSAY is one of the flagship programme of the State Government and 6000 orphans have been adopted as ‘Children of the State’ by enacting a law.
After receiving the applications, the department will conduct a scrutiny of the documents as submitted by the beneficiaries and grant a ‘Certificate of Eligibility’. The Chief Minister has further ordered the department to fill up the forms of the eligible children on mission mode in the entire State.
The State Government intends to provide support to the orphans to make them self reliant and not at the mercy of others and will make every possible effort to nurture these children besides providing them with the best of education and housing. Recurring deposit accounts will be opened for every child with contributions from the government.
The State Government will take care of their shelter, food, clothing etc. till the age of 27 years. While pursuing higher studies they will be entitled to receive a stipend of Rs. 4000 per month to meet their personal expenses. The children will be provided an opportunity for annual exposure visits within and outside the State with the facility of lodging in three stars hotels and air travel. Under MMSAY there is also a provision for allotment of three biswas land and housing grants to landless orphans.